We had adult beverages in the waning light last night here on the dock at Gumbo Cove in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
The pastel glow of the sunset, the cool air, the clouds mirrored on the bayou’s glassy smooth surface, the libations, the company… it was a very peaceful and happy hour.
That’s a “hers and his” pic of the drinks. The Grill-Meister had a single-malt scotch, and I made up a simple but refreshing concoction; let’s call it the Bayou Sunset. It goes like this:
- 4 oz. rosé
- 3 oz. lemon-flavored sparkling water
- 1 oz. Chambord or other raspberry flavored liqueur
It also goes like this: YUM! Not too sweet, mildly fruity from the Chambord, a little sparkly and tart from the sparkling water. It would have been even better with a lemon twist and a blackberry, but alas, we are on a short weekend here and only have the most basic of provisions.
Taking time to reflect as the sun sets on a Friday night, with or without a cocktail, waterside or not, is a great thing to do.
Why do sunsets make us happy? There are all kinds of answers to this question on Google: because they connect us to nature, they connect us to the continuum of the earth since it began, they’re romantic, each one is unique and special (like us), they’re calming, they’re inspirational, etc. I’ve reflected on it here before.
Maybe sunsets captivate us through mindfulness brought on by beauty. Maybe we’re wired to appreciate the colors and the light, and sunsets make us take a moment to do just that. Perhaps the sunset is the curtain call for the day, the moment we stop to applaud it.
So here’s a(nother) haiku for sunset, one of about a half dozen haiku here in the blog inspired by the sun’s daily swan song.
the day’s curtain call a pastel benediction bowing into night
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